Colombo Plan

Established in 1950, the Colombo Plan encouraged economic and social cooperation between member countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It included a scheme under which students from developing countries could study in Australia. Some 40,000 students from the Asia-Pacific region studied in Australia over a period of 35 years. They were required to leave Australia at the end of their study, although some were permitted to remain under special circumstances such as marriage, employer sponsorship or hardship in their home country.

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